PARIS — As the world's premier maker of luxury leather goods, Hermés creates treasured items from the most beautiful materials on earth. The art of craftsmanship remains the company hallmark.
But for inspiration, designers retreat to a small space above the famed Hermés Paris flagship store on Faubourg Saint-Honoreè. Here, in what was once the office of Émile-Maurice Hermés, who headed the company from the 1920s until his death in 1951, they return to the past amid the many treasures the Hermés family collected over the years.
"It's really more of a family collection than a museum," said Menehould de Bazelaire, director of cultural heritage and curator of the the Hermés Museum, as we embarked on an exclusive private tour.
Indeed, the museum, which is not open to the public but has been periodically made available for tours over the years to select guests like Andy Warhol and Gen. George Patton, is more like an old family home with a fascinating collection of items found on worldwide travels.
"It's a mirror of the spirit of Hermés," de Bazelaire said.